Covid-19: How to find volunteers during this time

As part of your Diploma, you are required to complete three case studies. The first case study should be two sessions in duration, with the further two case studies being three sessions in duration. The case studies are intended to give you the opportunity to develop your skills as a therapist and to start engaging in a reflective practice and supervision. 

The College has always advised that close friends or relatives are not invited to be case study volunteers and that instead you ask your network for referrals of people you could work with.

However, in light of the Covid 19 outbreak and recommendations for social distancing, and in some cases self-isolating, the College has sought to find a solution to enable you to carry out your case study assignments effectively.

Stage 1 

Volunteers can be family/close friends

Focus on: Assessment & conceptualisation, introduction to hypnosis, ego-strengthening and script development (2 sessions)

Interestingly, working with a family member may bring advantages for you in Stage 1, as it is during this first stage that you are taught techniques such as Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy, Eye-Fixation (the original hypnotic induction), Hypnotic Deepening Techniques, Suggestion Tests & Convincers, Symbol Suggestion, Client Assessment & Conceptualisation (uncovering issues and treatment plan), and ego strengthening. Therefore these techniques are best practiced and carried out in person and will give you a robust grounding for the next two stages.

Stage 2 

Preferably not close friends or family. Therapy in person or via WebcamWeb Cam (not via telephone).

Focus on: Assessment & conceptualisation, behavioural therapy interventions & approaches (3 sessions)

Talk to your family and friends and ask them to refer people to you, or contact anyone you feel would benefit from therapy.

Stage 3

Preferably not close friends or family. Therapy in person or via WebcamWeb Cam (not via telephone).

Focus on: Assessment & conceptualisation, cognitive therapy interventions & approaches (3 sessions)

Talk to your family and friends and ask them to refer people to you, or contact anyone you feel would benefit from therapy.

Remember, your case study volunteers should be seeking help for sub-clinical, low-level issues such as:

  • Performance improvement; sports, exams, driving, public speaking etc
  • Milkd anxiety associated with phobias e.g. animals or heights
  • General stress; work related, lack of assertiveness
  • Mild anxiety associated with social anxiety e.g. speaking in meetings or presentations, expanding friendship groups, dating, networking
  • Habit change; nail biting, hair pulling

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining?

Pardon the pun here, but it’s true. Online service providers are thriving. More and more businesses are offering cloud based services to meet the ever increasing need the public has for services online. The recent Covid-19 outbreak has catapulted this need even more and will be a catalyst for change for how many service providers and individuals provision to do business or interact in the future.

Carrying out your case studies online will help you to feel confident in your ability to offer therapy not just in person but virtually and be able to meet the service needs of those who, for whatever reason, are unable to attend therapy in person. 

As a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist your training, skills and techniques will stand you head and shoulders above many hypnotherapists as you will be able to offer an integration of hypnosis, mindfulness and CBT. When an individual has no one geographically close to them with your qualification and thorough approach, you will now be accessible to them wherever they are in the world. 

“He who can turn negative situations into something positive, has learned the law of transformation, his mind empowers life.”
Leon Brown

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